Wild jujuba seed

Chinese Name: Suan zao ren
Medical Name:
Latin Name: Zizyphus jujuba Mill. var. spinosus (Bunge) Hu
Origin: Ripe seed, sundried.
Taste: Sweet and slightly sour

Quotes from Chinese historical sources

THE HERBAL CLASSIC OF SHEN-NONG: "Treats chills and fever in the chest and abdomen, accumulation of pathogenic factors and stagnation of qi and damp arthralgia with soreness and pain in the limbs."

THE OTHER RECORDS OF FAMOUS DOCTORS: "Treats insomnia due to vexation, sweating due to debility and excessive thirst. Nourishes the spleen and stomach, replenishes the liver-qi, reinforces bones and muscles and assists yin and qi."

COMPENDIUM OF MATERIA MEDICA: "Being sweet and moistening, the prepared wild jujuba seed is used for the treatment of such ailments as insomnia due to deficiency of the gall-bladder, excessive thirst and sweating due to debility. It is used when raw for the treatment of drowsiness due to gall-bladder-heat. It is a herb for the jueyin and shaoyang channels of the foot."

Western Research

Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi 1991 Jan;11(1):14-6, 3
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura in children treated with replenishing qi and tonifying kidney and the changes in thrombocyte aggregative function [Article in Chinese]
Shi YM, Wu QZ.
Institute of TCM-WM, Children's Hospital, Shanghai Medical University.
Forty-one children with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) were treated with dried Radix Rehmanniae, Radix Angelicae Sinensis, Radix Paeoniae Rubra, Radix Rubiae, Fructus Psoraleae, stir-frying Radix Astragali, Semen Cuscutae, Caulis Spatholob; Chinese Jujubae, Radix et Rhizoma Rhei. 24 cases cured, 6 recovered, 10 improved, 1 failed, with a total effective rate of 97.6%. 22 of the cured were followed-up without recurrence in average 10.4 months after withdrawal.

Jpn J Pharmacol 1973 Aug;23(4):563-71
Pharmacological studies of Zizyphus seeds. [Article in Japanese]
Watanabe I, Saito H, Takagi K.